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Kitchen Aids - Making Your Aging in Place Comfy

Author: Derry Hall
by Derry Hall
Posted: Apr 30, 2020

Everyone wants to stay fit and independent throughout their lives without having to depend on mobility aids. Unluckily, old-age issues, mishaps or neuromuscular diseases, etc. leave people suffering from mobility restrictions.

Several mobility aids including rollators, walking sticks, walking frame, wheelchair etc. help such people with mobility limitations.

While walking sticks or crutches support people with minor mobility restrictions, a walking frame or a Zimmer frame or a walker frame or a wheelchair may be an ideal choice to provide more support to people with severe mobility limitations. To buy crutches online at lower prices, you can search for crutches for sale on Google.

However, you can't simply pick a walking frame like that. Though a professional's medical recommendation is the topmost thing to seek for, there are several factors that can simplify picking the right variant a little for you.

So, let's understand those factors to expedite your selection procedure.

  • Height

The first important thing to consider when choosing a walking frame is its height. The variant you choose should be optimal in height. It should be neither too high nor too low. If it is too low, you will need to stoop when walking. Stooping will put additional strain on your back. On the other hand, if it is too high, you will experience extra strain on your arms and you won't be able to transmit your weight effectively through to the frame itself.

To ensure your ordered variant has a correct height, take measurement from the floor to your elbow while you stand up straight with arms slightly bent.

  • Width

The next factor: the actual width of the frame. Your size and environment are the two factors that determine your frame width. If you need a frame to walk around in a hospital, then a standard sized wide walking frame may be an ideal choice.

However, if you need one for home, measure the width of your widest doorway and ensure that you have a 2" clearance/space on either side to let your walking frame pass through all doorways without getting stuck. Also, you need to ensure that you measure the widest part of your frame while allowing this 2" clearance/space. These considerations can help you decide the right variant for your home.

  • Weight-Bearing Capacity

When buying a variant, its weight-bearing capacity also matters. If you are a large-size/heavy person, a bariatric frame may fit your requirements. Otherwise, a standard walking frame may work well.

  • Ease of Transportation

If you have to travel often, ease of transportation is also a worthwhile point to consider. The frame you need to move often should be light-weight and foldable. In general, aluminium frames are lighter and more suitable for transportation. Also, ensure that it easily fits into the boot of your car without creating accommodation problems. On the other hand, if you need it just to travel short distances within your home, a steel frame may be ideal and more durable.

Accessories to Accompany with Your Zimmer Frame

Once you have selected the right walking frame, the next thing is to scale up its usability further. For that, you can invest in several walking frame accessories in the market. Some vital walking frame accessories are:

Net Bag - Gives you hands-free experience and comes in handy during shopping or for carrying personal items when out on a trip.

Walking Frame Basket - A simple and compact basket that easily fits your frame and helps carry like a water bottle, tiffin box or grocery items.

Buckingham Walking Frame Caddy - This caddy serves as an easy replacement of a separate trolley. Consists of a tray to carry hot food and drinks, a mug holder to help prevent any inadvertent spilling, and one large and one small compartment to help organise medications, money, and other items. With drainage holes for quick drying, this caddy is easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe.

In a Nutshell

So, you see that several mobility aids like a wheelchair, rollator or waking crutches in the market help people with mobility restrictions to stay self-dependent. You can always buy such mobility aids by going online and searching for crutches for sale or Zimmer frame. A walking frame is one among them only if you choose your walking frame variant judiciously.

Keeping the above-mentioned points in mind and combining them with a professional's advice can help you pick the right walking frame variant.

About the Author

Derry has been working in the mobility aids industry since 2003, acquiring a wealth of knowledge along the way. Before Essential Aids, Derry's background was in engineering. In his spare time he is a devotee of yoga and rare reggae vinyl.

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